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Procedure - Vasectomy Reversal

Have you and your partner decided to have a child? Men who wish to restore fertility after a sterilization can consult with a urologist about vasectomy reversal procedures at Ogden Clinic. A vasectomy reversal reconnects the tubes of the vas deferens (the tubes which carry sperm from the testicles), to restore fertility. Men may choose to have a vasectomy reversal if they have changed their mind about fathering a child, have recently lost a child, or have been remarried. If the reversal is successful, sperm will again be present in the semen and the man may be able to impregnate his partner.

The success of a vasectomy reversal depends on the age of the patient (and his partner if they want to conceive), time since the vasectomy, and the skill of the surgeon performing the procedure. Generally, success rates vary from 40 to 90 percent. Before completing a vasectomy reversal, your doctor may want to check that you can still produce healthy sperm and confirm that your partner is capable of having a child.

How It Works

Vasectomy reversals are outpatient procedures which can be done with local or general anesthesia. This procedure involves more expertise than a vasectomy, so it will take longer and may have to be done in one of two ways:

  • Vasovasostomy: During this procedure, the doctor will sew the severed ends of the vas deferens back together so that can sperm can again travel to the semen.
  • Vasoepididymostomy: This procedure will be used if a vasovasostomy cannot be done or is likely to be unsuccessful. During a vasoepididymostomy, the doctor attaches the tubes of the vas deferens directly to the small organ on the back of each testicle which holds sperm (epididymis).

Since the doctor will not examine the fluid in the vas deferens until the time of surgery, you may not know which procedure is needed beforehand. In some cases, a combination of the two procedures is needed to restore sperm flow. Following the vasectomy reversal, you will experience pain and swelling, which should subside within a week.

If you would like to restore fertility following a sterilization, then come to Ogden Clinic in Utah to see one of our specialists for a vasectomy reversal.

Tyler  Christensen, MD, Urology, Men's Health,  Professional Center South

Christensen, Tyler, MD
4700 Harrison Blvd.
Ogden, UT